Former Lady Cat hoops star Milam injured, out for season

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Was third-leading scorer at St. Catharine College

By John Herndon

Former Anderson County Lady Bearcat basketball player Courtney Milam had an abrupt end to her season when she suffered a knee injury while playing for St. Catharine College against Centre on Dec. 19.

St. Catharine College is located near Springfield.

Milam suffered damage to her right anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments.

“I have a torn ACL, torn meniscus and a partially torn MCL on my right knee,” Milam said in a message from her Facebook account. “I am obviously out for the rest of the season.”

In 14 games, Milam had become the team's third leading scorer, averaging 11.6 points a game and hitting on nearly 40 percent of her field goal attempts. She was also averaging 5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and had started seven games.

St. Catherine coach Lena Bramblett said the injury was a very unfortunate break for Milam and for the Lady Patriots. “Any time you lose a player that gives you those kind of minutes and point production it is going to hurt your team,” Bramblett said through a college spokesman. “Plus it is big since she can play both the post and three position. It is unfortunate for Courtney because she really worked hard to get ready for the season and now it is cut short.”

Milam said she is scheduled for surgery at Norton's Hospital in Louisville on Jan. 28 and will begin rehab immediately after. She said her injury is such that she will not be able to play again for at least six months, but she expects to be back in top form soon.

“I am a strong girl, so it won't be too long before I am back out there,” she said.”

E-mail John Herndon at jpherndon@theandersonnews.com.